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New NZSL achievement standards in development


NEW achievement standards should see New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) more widely available in New Zealand secondary schools.

The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Deaf community, NZSL teaching experts and NZQA, is developing achievement standards and assessment resources for NZSL, starting with the standards for NCEA level 1.

By 2017, standards for NCEA levels 1 to 3 will be available to all secondary schools.

The achievement standards will align with The New Zealand Curriculum and further enable students to gain the NCEA credits needed to study NZSL at university or develop a career using sign language.

NZSL teaching resource – Thumbs Up!

Check out an online NZSL teaching and learning resource called Thumbs Up! An Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language.